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The Paddy Marketing Board is to purchase paddy harvest from the farmers at the certified prices.

The Paddy Marketing Board is ready to purchase paddy harvests of the farmers in the Maha season. Many farmers have complained that private sector businessmen purchased their paddy harvest at lower rate. Chairman of the Paddy Marketing Board M.B. Dissanayake says the board is ready to purchase paddy government certified prices.

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The proposed trade union action of the Postal Department has been called off.

The Joint Trade Union Front of the Postal Department says that the proposed trade union action has been called off. Convener of the Trade Unions Front Chinthaka Bandara told the SLBC that they had taken this decision in order to continue distribution of poll cards and other activities of the LG polls without any disruption.

The propaganda program of the SLFP and the UPFA for the forthcoming local government election commenced this evening.

The propaganda program of the SLFP and the UPFA for the forthcoming local government election has commenced this evening under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The campaign office was setup at No. 65 Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Borella.

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The President instructs the officials to speed up the Uma Oya Project.

President Maithripala Sirisena instructs the officials to speed up the Uma Oya Project. He ordered to finish the program soon to let the people to reap the benefits of it. He made these remarks while participating at the progress development meeting of the Mahaweli Development Authority.

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The Prime Minister says the present government has achieved many victories during the past three years.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the present government has achieved many victories during the past three years. Issuing a communiqué the Premier stated that he, along with President Maithripala Sirisena embarked on a revolutionary political journey to change the increasingly toxic political culture that existed within Sri Lanka.

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New traffic plan around New Kelani Bridge will be implemented from tomorrow.

Due to the commencement of construction work on the proposed new bridge in Kelaniya, the Traffic Exit of the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, that opens to the Colombo-Kandy Road, at the New Kelaniya Bridge, will be CLOSED with effect from tomorrow. Motorists travelling towards Colombo can use the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway, as usual. However, motorists coming along the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway and heading towards Kelaniya and Wattala by using the Exit Ramp at the New Kelaniya Bridge, are advised to use alternative exits.

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The Prime Minister says the government has achieved many victories during the past three years.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the present government has achieved many victories during the past three years. Issuing a communiqué the Premier stated that he, along with President Maithripala Sirisena embarked on a revolutionary political journey to change the increasingly toxic political culture that existed within Sri Lanka.
He also said that on November 21, 2014 the President decided to join with the UNP to rid the country of nepotism, corruption and fraud to launch Sri Lanka to a position of economic and political stability while also regaining the tarnished image of Sri Lanka in the eyes of the international community.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe further states that the current regime made a pledge to the people to bolster to ailing justice system and reinforce public faith in administration. Although the ambitions of the people are yet to be fully realized, the government is proud of the manner in which it faced the numerous challenges during their three year tenure.

Ten billion rupees have been allocated for the national housing development programme this year.

The ministry of Housing and construction says the government has been allocated ten billion rupees for the national housing development programme this year. Six hundred model villages are to be constructed in very part of the island under this programme.   Chairman of the national housing development authority Lakvijaya Sagara Palansooriya told the SLBC that construction of 100 model villages are to be commenced within this month.  The entire programme is to be completed by October.

The Parliament will be convened tomorrow on request of Prime Minister.

A special sitting of Parliament has been convened tomorrow at 10.30 am to discuss the bond report following the request of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Acting Secretary-General of Parliament Neil Iddawala issuing a press release yesterday said all Parliamentarians have been informed to attend the special sitting. Speaking to the media, Iddawala added a Party Leaders Meeting chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has been scheduled at 2pm tomorrow to discuss the agenda for January 10.

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The Sri Lanka Medical Council says the relevant solution to SAITM issue will be implemented in stages.

The Sri Lanka Medical Council says the relevant solution to SAITM issue will be implemented in stages. The Sri Lanka Medical Council further said this solution provided by the government will be implemented gradually in a just and fair manner.

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